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Constraints on transport and weathering of petroleum contamination at Casey Station, Antarctica


Revill, AT and Snape, I and Lucieer, A and Guille, D, Constraints on transport and weathering of petroleum contamination at Casey Station, Antarctica, Cold Regions Science and Technology, 48, (2) pp. 154-167. ISSN 0165-232X (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.coldregions.2007.01.001


There is a common perception that terrestrial fuel spills in Antarctica are long lived and that plumes naturally degrade very slowly. However, previous studies have isolated hydrocarbon degrading microbes from many Antarctic soils and biodegradation has been documented at low temperatures in the laboratory. A detailed study of an old fuel spill at Casey Station, Antarctica, indicates that fuel has migrated down a small catchment into the marine environment. By integrating chemical signatures indicative of evaporation and biodegradation with environmental parameters it is possible to correlate natural attenuation and dispersal of the spill within the catchment. GIS terrain modelling techniques are used to explore the spatial patterns of biodegradation and evaporation in relation to slope, solar radiation, surface wetness, and landform properties. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Geomatic engineering
Research Field:Geospatial information systems and geospatial data modelling
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lucieer, A (Professor Arko Lucieer)
ID Code:44189
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2010-08-04

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